Dr. Terry Weathersby
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Female Athletes, Female Non-athletes, Self-esteem, small liberal arts college, intercollegiate athletic teams, demographic survey, physical fitness questionnaire, Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory, Rotter's Internal-External (I-E) Locus of Control Scale, BEM Sex-Role Inventory
The purpose of this study was to assess the relationship between female athletes, female non-athletes, and self-esteem. It was hypothesized that athletes would have higher levels of self-esteem. Participants (N=41) came from a small, liberal arts college. Athletes were defined as women who participated on intercollegiate athletic teams. Non-athletes were women who did not participate on intercollegiate athletic teams. Participants completed a demographic survey, a physical fitness questionnaire, the Multidimensional Self-Esteem Inventory, Rotter's Internal-External (I-E) Locus of Control Scale, and the BEM Sex-Role Inventory. Results indicated that the overall global self-esteem of athletes is not higher than the global self-esteem of non-athletes. Body functioning, a component of self-esteem, was highly correlated with the athlete group. Several components of self-esteem were highly correlated with physical fitness.
Eddy, Jamie, "Athletes, Non-athletes, and Self-esteem" (1997). Honors Projects. 560.